|E100-50: Malachi 1:1 - 4:6: The book that makes the bridge - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Malachi is a short prophetic book, the name Malachi just means "my messenger" which seems to be what the speaker calls himself. It has no more details of time, place or person in the superscription (as most prophetic books do), but the content suggests Judah after the exile under Persian rule. The book opens opens with a strong statement of Yahweh's election of Israel, using hyperbole (exageration) to make it's impact...
Keywords: prophet; prophecy; Malachi; Bible; Old Testament
|E100-46: Isaiah 51:1 - 53:12: Reading prophets for pleasure and profit - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
I have not focused these 5 Minutes on how Is 53 speaks so clearly about Jesus, it is the Old Testament passage that is most clearly, directly and simply fulfilled in Christ. But that status should not make it paradigmatic for undedrstanding how Jesus fulfills Scripture. For more on that (and there is nothing on that in this podcast :( see What DOES "fulfil" mean? And other podcasts on this topic here...
Keywords: history; prophet; prophecy; bible; biblical studies
|E100-49: Jonah 1:1 - 4:11: Jonah: a "Why'd he do it?" story - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
These four chapters tell the story of God's prophet Jonah (who attentive Bible students know from 2 Kings 14:25: He restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher. This true prophet runs away from God, says a long prayer inside a fish, preaches a five word sermon and converts the capital of an unusually brutal empire, and...
Keywords: prophet; prophecy; Jonah; Bible; Old Testament; humour; humor
|E100-47: Jeremiah 1:1 - 3:5: Getting started as a prophet - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The call of Jeremiah should really have come before the Isaiah reading, as it gives us a good introduction to what a prophet is, and what prophets do. This reading also gives us a clear idea why prophets were often not much appreciated by the people to whom they were sent to proclaim God's message. There is so much one could talk about here, that I will focus mainly on Jeremiah's call and what that tells us about prophets, to help you understand other prophetic books...
Keywords: Jeremiah; prophet; prophecy; understanding the prophets; Bible; Old Testament
|E100 Week 10: Prophets: three principles to unlock the code - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Prophets and prophecy: the most misunderstood part of OT, âmysterious messengersâ. A random chunk from a prophetic book will offer a confusing, seemingly muddled, confusion of vivid picture language. Yet, three simple principles can (usually) unlock the mystery and allow the prophets to speak: * conversion not prediction * context not timeless * conversation not monologue As I'll explain briefly in this podcast these three principles can cause mere fortune tellers to become evangelists, and th...
Keywords: prophet; prophecy; understanding the prophets; Bible; Old Testament
|E100-59: Luke 10:25 - 10:37: The Good Samaritan, or is it? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
OK this story must be one of the best-known that Jesus ever told, everyone has heard it! And if not (at least if they speak English or French or just about any other European language) they know the main characterâs name â The Good Samaritan. Except that, what we know if we know this, is all wrong! Jesus was a prophet so to understand what heâs doing here we need to remind ourselves how Prophets work...
Keywords: E100; Jesus; Luke; Narrative; NT; Parable; Prophets; Righteousness good Samaritan; Jesus; Luke; Parable; prophet